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Pigtails and Patch Cords

A fiber optic pigtail connector is a single, short, usually tight-buffered fiber optic cable with a factory-installed connector on one end, and unterminated fiber on the other end. Hence the connector side can be linked to equipment and the other side melted with optical fiber cables. Fiber optic pigtail is utilized to terminate fiber optic cables via fusion or mechanical splicing.  High-quality pigtail cables, coupled with correct fusion splicing practices offer the best performance possible for fiber optic cable terminations. The fiber optic pigtail connector can have either male or female connectors. Female connectors can be mounted in a patch panel, while male connectors can be plugged into optical transceivers. When utilized properly, the fiber optic pigtail allows light signal transmission with minimal return loss and low attenuation. Fiber optic pigtail connectors are usually found in fiber optic management equipment like ODF, fiber terminal box, and distribution box. Fiber optic pigtails are available in various types: Grouped by pigtail connector type, there are LC fiber optic pigtails, SC fiber pigtails, and ST fiber pigtails, etc. By fiber type, there are single-mode fiber optic pigtail and multimode fiber optic pigtail. And by fiber count, 6 fibers, 12 fibers optic pigtails can be found in the market.


A fiber patch cord or fiber jumper cable is a fiber-optic cable capped at either end with connectors that allow it to be rapidly and conveniently connected to CATV, an optical switch, or other telecommunication equipment. It has aramid yarns surrounded by a PVC or LSZH Jacket and is for indoor applications only. Its thick layer of protection is used to connect the optical transmitter, receiver, and the terminal box. There are different types of fiber such as single-mode and multimode OM1, OM3, and OM4. All types of cable are available and outfitted with LC, SC, or ST connectors in PC, UPC, and APC polish types. Designed for reliability in all applications, fiber optic patch cables provide flexible interconnection to active equipment, passive optical devices, and cross-connects. Fiber patch cords exhibit lower optical power loss under bend than standard cables and are compatible with all conventional cabling. Fiber optic patch cables have two major application areas: computer work station to outlet and fiber optic patch panels or optical cross-connect distribution center. 


Fiber Optic Pigtail Connector Advantages


● Low insertion and return loss

● Flexible and easy to strip fiber buffering

● Geometry compliant connector end faces that are defect and contamination-free

● High-quality, machine-polished connectors for consistent low loss performance

● Short connector boots for ease of fiber management in high-density applications

● Individual packaging and labeling provides protection, performance data, and traceability

● Large stock holding of cable and connectors for a fast turnaround of custom assemblies



Fiber Optic Pigtail Connector Applications


● Termination of optical networks via fusion or mechanical splicing

● Testing of optical devices

● Cable acceptance testing

●  Permanent termination of optical fiber via fusion splicing

●  Permanent termination of optical fiber via mechanical splicing

●  Temporary termination of optical fiber cable for acceptance testing



Fiber Optic Patch Cords Advantages


●  Low insertion loss

●  High return loss

●  Good repeatability

●  Good interchange

●  Excellent environmental adaptability



Fiber Optic Patch Cords Applications


● Patch cables are used for connections to CATV (Cable Television)

● Telecommunication networks, 

● Computer fiber networks and fiber test equipment. 

● Communication rooms

● FTTH (Fiber to The Home)

● LAN (Local Area Network)

● FOS (fiber optic sensor)

● Fiber optic communication system

● Optical fiber connected and transmitted equipment

● Defense combat readiness, etc.


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